Simpson Rep: 'Veterans Song Cut Due To Time Constraints'

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A representative for Jessica Simpson has dismissed rumours the star banned a group of war veterans from singing with her in a TV special because they were dressed in scruffy clothes.
The 4Troops, a singing group of veterans, were disappointed when they were pulled from the line-up of Simpson's upcoming Christmas special, which was filmed in New York's Roseland Ballroom on Thursday (14Oct10).
Reports suggested Simpson's dad and manager, Joe, turned them down because their camouflage trousers weren't appropriate for the glamorous holiday taping.
4Troops member Sgt. Daniel Jens was furious, telling the New York Post, "I am so disappointed and angry, I threw up when I got back to my room", while a spokesperson for the singers added: "Joe should be ashamed of himself."
But a rep for Simpson insists they were cut due to schedule constraints: "The song was cut due to time. Jessica wasn't even aware. She is wholeheartedly devoted to the troops. She just returned from the Persian Gulf where she performed for and met with service men and women stationed at several different locations. The military was the source of inspiration for her entire Christmas album, so much so that she recorded a duet for the album with a USS Harry Truman sailor."

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Benjamin Arrowood

Joe Simpson and some members of Jessica's crew are idiots. These men/women had fought to protect their country, and if I were Jessica, I wouldn't have cared about how they were dressed, because of the work that they have done. Jessica should give them a phone call, then call Ellen Degeneres and ask Ellen if they can borrow her studio, put some type of HD Holiday type graphics/videos on the 2 big screens in the studio, clear out the chairs, TV, and table in the middle, have Ellen's DJ Tony put the backing track CD in his laptop's disc drive, put it on the studio sound system, and tape something there. She could work out a deal where she would perform on Ellen's show with the 4T Troops sometime in December if they could use the studio. Jessica needs to go over her dad's head and fire some people. Joe is just saying this to save his own rear.
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